Following a search, Pitt’s Office of the Provost announced that GSPIA Associate Professor Lisa Nelson has been selected as co-director for the Collaboratory Against Hate (CAH) alongside Mark S. Kamlet, University Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Nelson specializes in the field of science, technology and society. She was a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to explore the societal perceptions of biometric technology and has been the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant. From 2011-2013, she was appointed to Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Committee.
Nelson’s current research explores social networking technologies and considers fundamental questions about information ethics and its enforcement on the Internet in an open society. She holds a Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
As co-directors of the Collaboratory Against Hate, Nelson and Kamlet will oversee a steering committee and advisory board to grow and sustain partnerships while driving the mission of the CAH, which seeks to understand the causes of extremist hate and find actionable interventions to minimize its destructive consequences.